WAYFINDER CURRICULUM

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An innovative and empowering curriculum to help students connect with who they are and how they want to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

With 10 engaging lessons exploring themes such as Passion, Purpose, Values, Strengths, Fear, Success & Failure, Wayfinder is designed with a focus on the development of self-knowledge, examining the questions: Who am I? What do I want? and What is the first step?

Available online with PDF downloads and streaming video as well as the option for a physical edition, the curriculum includes a Course Guide, Teachers Guide, and Further Resources DVD that features: 10 introduction videos narrated by Sean Aiken discussing the theme of each lesson; the Educational Cut of the award-winning documentary film, One Week Job; short weekly episodes that showcase 13 of Sean’s 52 different jobs; as well as Sean’s TEDx Vancouver talk, “What Makes You Come Alive?”

BONUS ADD-ON: Enhance the curriculum with a live Skype presentation plus Q+A with Sean Aiken. Add at check-out.

There are three units:

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Each lesson includes five sections:

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1. Introduction Video

The intro video is approximately 3-6 minutes in length and features Sean Aiken introducing the theme of the lesson. For reference, the transcript is included at the start of each lesson in the Course Guide. Sample below.

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2. Reflection

The reflection questions are designed for the students to answer individually in their notebook as they tend to be more personal and thought-provoking.

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3. Exercise

In each lesson, an exercise is used to illustrate the theme. This is a chance to go further with the ideas of the lesson and to inspire some practical takeaways for each student.

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4. Discussion

Following the exercise, there is a discussion section with questions to stimulate dialogue about the theme of each lesson.

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5. Final Thoughts

At the end of each lesson, there are final thoughts that re-visit some of the more important ideas of each lesson.


Sample introduction video:

Lesson 7

The Meaning Of Success

The predominant vision of success in our society is that the size of your bank account and the things you own become the standard by which you measure the value of your life. In this lesson, we’ll explore what it means to be truly successful and you will determine your unique definition of success.

Download Lesson 7 for free here.

 

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Course Guide: Lesson Descriptions

UNIT 1 - WHO AM I?

Lesson 1 - Introduction

An introduction to the One-Week Job project and the themes explored in this course.

Lesson 2 - Self-Knowledge

Your success and fulfillment depend largely on self-knowledge - knowing who you are, what you’re good at, what you like to do, and why you do what you do.

Lesson 3 - Values, Strengths & Gifts

In this lesson you will identify your top values, strengths and weaknesses.

Lesson 4 - Passion and Purpose

Discover your top five passions and create the most powerful and succinct definition of your current life purpose - what you have come here to do and what drives your greatest passion.

UNIT 2 - WHAT DO I WANT?

Lesson 5 - Your Best Life

In this lesson, you will design your ideal life. It will likely change over the years but having an idea of what your best life looks like provides enough direction to get started on making it happen today.

Lesson 6 - Find Your "Why"

The people who are most fulfilled in life know why they do what they do – they are connected to the meaning behind their choices or actions. In this lesson, you are going to find your “why”.

Lesson 7 - The Meaning Of Success

The predominant vision of success in our society is that the size of your bank account and the things you own become the standard by which you measure the value of your life. In this lesson, we’ll explore what it means to be truly successful and you will determine your unique definition of success.

UNIT 3 - WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?

Lesson 8 - Informational Interviews

In this lesson, you’re going to develop a list of careers you find interesting, perhaps even your dream jobs, and then research people in your community who currently hold these positions in order to conduct an informational interview.

Lesson 9 - Dealing With Fear

How often do you base your choices on fear? How often do you base your choices on what other people think? In this lesson we’ll explore how you can use fear as a tool instead of a compelling reason not to take action.

Lesson 10 - Permission

There is an underlying belief in our society that your worthiness is not a given, that you must prove it, causing many to seek acceptance, validation, and permission. Permission to exist. In this lesson, you will uncover this false belief and create meaningful goals for the next five years.

Wayfinder was designed by Sean Aiken in collaboration with educators, Dr. Michelle Jones, Lindsay Goodridge and Kristy Baker, and is a part of a larger collaborative project called The Wayfinding Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.